Full-time pre-school in Osakis?
The Osakis School Board discussed the possibility of adding full-time preschool for the 2019-2020 school year at its Wednesday, Nov. 14 regular meeting.
Elementary Principal Shad Schmidt reported that the Preschool Committee had met twice and discussed the all day kindergarten option. Space is a concern, and also consideration for the Early Childhood Family Education program.
The board will discuss the possibility at a work session planned for Friday, Nov. 30 from 2-4 p.m.
A decision will be made before March, 2019, in order for parents to make plans for the next school year.
Schmidt told the board there is a feeling by the kindergarten staff that full-time preschool is necessary because of the demands put on the kindergarteners. Some parents favor part-time.
Schmidt said a birth date limit would be set for those entering a full day program. Music and physical education will also be considered for the program.
In other business, Schmidt reported on the World's Best Workforce report, which is due to the State of Minnesota on Dec. 15. An information video will be presented starting at 4:30 p.m., before the Monday, Dec. 10 High School Choir concert, to inform the public on the report progress.
Schmidt also presented his monthly report on the elementary school to the School Board. He reported that enrollment is now 432, that is a five-year high, and the third highest in history, following 449 in 2014, and 447 in 2013.
He reported on the monthly meetings with the Advisory and Tech committees, the Sixth Grade Streaks Academy program, and a program for fourth and fifth grades on Nov. 28, which is a Minnesota Science Museum Outreach program.
Laney Kalpin, a first grader in Gina Hoffarth's room, was chosen for the October Win the Day award. A total of 150 students was nominated for the honor and five postcards sent home.
Some fourth graders volunteered to do a playground and tennis courts cleanup. They had also done this last year. More students joined the effort, and Schmidt gave them cookies for their efforts.
High School Principal Tim Roggenbuck reported that the fall sports activities did very well, with cross country sending its first boy in the school history to the State Tournament. The fall play was a success, as well.
Coming dates in December include the High School Choir Concert on Monday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m., and the High School Band Concert on Monday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.
In other business, the board heard a report from Student Rep. Megan Pickert. She asked the board to re-consider offering soup at lunch, which was a very popular lunch item in past years. Megan also told the board that the 2018-19 annual is half finished. The new taller tables and chairs installed in the Senior Lounge are not too popular because if items are dropped on the floor students have to dismount from the tall chairs to pick them up, and then get back up on the chairs.
The next regular School Board meeting will be held Monday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. The annual Truth in Taxation meeting to certify the tax levy to the county auditors for next year begins at 6 p.m.